The Canada Day long weekend means that some of you may well be reading this at an airport. And the start of this year’s peak summer travel season was preceded with an announcement that bodes ill for Canadian air travelers. After much speculation, money losing Air Transat agreed this week to be purchased by Air Canada for 520 million Canadian dollars. For those of us who are airline travelers, not investors, there are two troubling figures in this news: Once joined, the companies will control about 60 percent of the trans-Atlantic air travel business to and from Canada, and about 45 percent of several winter routes to the Caribbean. The takeover also will further expand Air Canada’s hold over travel at Montreal. Air Canada promised to keep Air Transat’s name on airplanes and a main office in Montreal. Both appeared to be measures intended to placate Quebec’s premier, François Legault, a co-founder of Transat. Conspicuously missing from the … [Read more...] about As Air Canada Grows Larger, Will Airfares Also Rise?
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Canadian transportation officials said Wednesday they were banning all Boeing 737 Max 8 planes from the country’s airspace until further notice over safety concerns. Transport Minister Marc Garneau made the announcement at a news conference, saying the decision was made after a review of the latest data available on the jet, the same aircraft that crashed in Ethiopia and Indonesia, the Toronto Star reported. The ban came after Toronto-based Sunwing Airlines announced late Tuesday that it was grounding its four Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft following the crash in Addis Ababa that killed all 157 people on board, including 18 Canadians and eight Americans. More than 40 countries including the entire EU have suspended flights by the plane — but not the US. China ordered its airlines to ground the planes — they had 96 Max 8 jets in service, more than one-fourth of the roughly 370 Max jets in circulation. The European Aviation Safety Agency said that “at this early … [Read more...] about Canada banning all Boeing 737 Max 8 planes over safety concerns
GORA-BOKKA, Ethiopia/OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canada became the latest country to ground Boeing’s 737 MAX jets on Wednesday following an Ethiopian Airlines crash that killed 157 people, saying satellite data suggested similarities to a previous crash involving the same plane model. Countries around the world - with the notable exception of the United States - have grounded the 737 MAX jets or banned them from flying over their airspace since the Ethiopian Airlines flight crashed soon after taking off from Addis Ababa on Sunday. The still unexplained crash followed another involving a Boeing 737 MAX in Indonesia five months ago that killed 189 people. Although there is no proof of any link, the twin disasters have spooked passengers, led to the grounding of most of Boeing’s 737 MAX fleet and hammered shares in the U.S. planemaker, the world’s largest. Canadian Transport Minister Marc Garneau told a news conference that Ottawa would stop 737 MAX 8 and 9 jets from … [Read more...] about Canada grounds Boeing 737 MAX jets following Ethiopia crash
HEJERE, Ethiopia (AP) — Canada joined much of the world in barring the Boeing 737 Max 8 jet from its airspace on Wednesday, saying satellite tracking data shows possible but unproven similarities between the Ethiopian Airliner crash that killed 157 people and a previous crash involving the model five months ago. The decision left the U.S. as one of the few remaining countries to allow the planes to keep flying. Canadian Transport Minister Marc Garneau said a comparison of vertical fluctuations found a “similar profile” to the Lion Air crash that killed 187 people in October. Garneau emphasized that the data is not conclusive but crossed a threshold that prompted Canada to bar the Max 8. He said the new information indicated that the Ethiopian Airliner jet’s automatic system kicked in to force the nose of the aircraft down after computer software determined it was too high. He said that in the case of the Lion Air crash off Indonesia, the pilot fought against … [Read more...] about Canada grounds Boeing 737 Max 8s after Ethiopia crash
Boeing says it will deploy a software upgrade for the 737 MAX following the Ethiopian Airlines crash in which 157 people died.The company said it had been developing a flight control software enhancement for several months in the aftermath of the Lion Air Flight 610 disaster last year, when the airliner crashed into the sea off Indonesia, killing all 189 on board.It said the changes were designed to make "an already safe aircraft even safer".However two major crashes in the space of less than five months have raised questions about the safety of the 737 MAX.About 350 are currently in service with airlines around the world, but thousands more are on order. 737 MAX 8 Crash History Why are airlines grounding Boeing jet involved in Ethiopia crash? In a statement it said: "The Boeing Company is deeply saddened by the loss of Lion Air Flight 610, which has weighed heavily on the entire Boeing team, and we extend our heartfelt condolences and sympathies to the families and loved … [Read more...] about Boeing to issue software update to make 737 MAX ‘safer’